The Chestnut Grille & Lounge

Contemporary, Distinctive New England Cuisine

Tuesday-Saturday 5:00-9:00 pm

‘Bee Happy Hour’, Tuesday-Friday, 5:00-7:00 pm

1/2 off ‘Well’ Cocktails, $5 wine and complimentary nosh

Daily ‘Early Bee’ Price Fixed, Tuesday-Saturday, 5:00-6:00 pm

Complimentary soup or salad and dessert with every entree

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Daily Specials


Bee Happy Hour 5-7:00 pm, Early Bee Special 5-6:00 pm


Bee Happy Hour 5-7:00 pm, Early Bee Special 5-6:00 pm


Bee Happy Hour 5-7:00 pm, Early Bee Special 5-6:00 pm, Three Course dinner for two with bottle of wine for $75

Friday & Saturday

Bee Happy Hour On Friday


Closed, but available for private events

The Chestnut Grille and Lounge

Join us for dinner, or  relax with a cocktail in our lounge .Whether you’re coming in for a casual meal  or a special celebration in one of our beautiful dining areas,  the Chestnut Grille and Lounge is the perfect choice for any occasion. Our menu changes weekly; focusing on the most fresh, local and seasonal ingredients that the Connecticut River Valley has to offer.

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chef justin pillion

Meet Executive Chef Justin Pillion

“Linnea’s Bee and Thistle Inn is one our favorite dining spots anywhere. The service is superb, and the young chef Pillion emphasizes freshness, local sources and simple elegance; just right for this special place.”-Jacques Pepin

Chef Pillion,  has a simple philosophy: use the most fresh ingredients while taking minimalistic  techniques to showcase their natural beauty and flavor. He has developed relationships with local farms and butchers and focuses on sustainable meats and produce.  ”Farm to table, is literally farm to table…From the farmer to how it is transported, to what they used to grow it is very important to me”. 

Chef Pillion and innkeeper Linnea Rufo share the same vision to create a world class experience for their guests. From the moment our guests are greeted at the door, to their handcrafted cocktail in the lounge, to their unhurried, artfully created dinner, there is nothing more important then the overall experience of our guests. There no better way to spend an evening.


Sample Dinner Menu


Soup of the Day, MP

Clam Chowder- New England Style, Cream, Potato, Bacon, Clam 10

Burrata, Heirloom Tomato, Truffled Sea Salt, Micro Greens 12

Tempura Fried Upper Pond Farm Squash Blossoms, Herbed Ricotta, Asiago, Pesto-Tomato Jam 13

Roasted Beet Salad, Goat Cheese, Pistachio, Grapefruit Supremes, Honey-Rosemary Vinaigrette 11

Duck Confit Salad, Grilled Peach, Manchego Cheese, Pomegranate, Marcona Almonds, Grand Marnier Vinaigrette 14

Chopped Salad, Goat Cheese, Boiled Egg, Olive, Tomato, Avocado, Chickpeas, Greens, Citrus Vinaigrette 11

Portobello, Asparagus & Asiago Flatbread, Garlic Puree, Micro Greens 13

Upper Pond Farm Greens, Citrus Vinaigrette 8


Herb Roasted Organic Half Chicken, White Wine Jus, Rosemary Polenta, Braised Leeks 30

Deconstructed Beef Wellington, Pan Seared Filet Mignon, Duck Pate, Puff Pastry and Mushroom Duxelle Napoleon, Burgundy Sauce 38

Apple Cider Glazed Berkshire Pork Ribeye, Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Fingerling Potatoes 35

Grilled Block Island Swordfish, Lemon-Caper Sauce, Broccoli Rabe, Oven Roasted Tomato, Citrus Roasted Fingerlings 32

Salmon ‘Nicoise’ Style, Boone Beans, Chopped Egg, Purple Peruvian Potatoes, Olives 28

Truffled Mac n’ Cheese, Roasted Mushrooms, Asparagus, Asiago, Pecorino Romano, Smoked Gouda 23

   Permittee Linnea Rufo

Chef Justin Pillion

         Parties of 6 or More Guests, 20% Gratuity will be added


The Chestnut Grille is always serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner for parties of 20 or more, seven days a week. Enjoy a private dinner in this gracious home; voted one of the best restaurants in Old Lyme CT. Please contact us for more information.